As booksellers, we often overhear customers lamenting that they've always meant to read “that other Jane Austen novel,” or Graham Greene, or Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but just never found the time. We've tried to remedy that with our Classics I Forgot to Read Book Club by providing motivation and a welcoming space to share your thoughts.

In choosing our ‘classics’ over the past few years, we've tried to select titles that had some visibility among readers, but were not necessarily included in the standard high school English class. We've also sampled a range of genres, from mystery (The Long Goodbye) to comedy (Cold Comfort Farm) to stream-of-consciousness (To the Lighthouse). So, whether our picks are already gathering dust on your bookshelves or this is your first encounter with the literary canon, we encourage you to join us on the last Wednesday evening of every month for conversation about the classics.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

August 2006--The Age of Innocence

by Edith Wharton

No other American author managed to create a more immediate sense of time and place than did Edith Wharton in her dissection of turn-of-the-century New York in The Age of Innocence. The reader feels as if she has been transported to the world of Newland Archer, an intelligent young man who is all ready to settle into a proper if soulless life, married to the lovely May Welland. But when he falls passionately in love with May’s socially ostracized cousin, Ellen, Newland comes to understand the unforgiving brutality of New York society. Wharton, who had a firsthand knowledge of the upper classes, has constructed a blistering social commentary and a love story that is difficult to forget.


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